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Anita Thompson

  Anita Thompson, 75, of Rosiclare, died on Monday, June 14, 2021, in Wood River, IL. She was born on December 14, 1945, to Louis and Eithel (Holbrook) Thompson in Elizabethtown, IL. She was retired from the state of Illinois after 35 years. Anita is survived by a brother, Robert Thompson of Wood River; sisters,…

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As Illinois Vaccinates 70% of Adults, Gov. Pritzker Launches $10 Million ‘All In for the Win’ Promotion to Reward Vaccinated Residents

Illinois Becomes First State in Midwest to Hit President Biden’s 70% Adult Vaccination Goal Eligible Illinoisans Automatically Entered into Lottery for $7M in Cash Prizes for Adults, $3M Scholarships for Youth Illinoisans Encouraged to Get Vaccinated Before July 1st to Become Eligible for All Drawings and Win Up to $1 Million CHICAGO – As Illinois…

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Barbara Rose Mittl

Barbara Rose Mittl, 69, of Harrisburg and formerly of Rosiclare, died Monday, June 14, 2021 at Herrin Hospital in Herrin, IL. She was born June 8, 1952 to Dorothy and John Mittl. She is survived by her daughter, Morgan Mittl of Evanville, IN; and sister, Donna (Richard) Williams of Harrisburg, IL. She was preceded in…

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Obituary of George C. Walczak

On Friday, June 11, George C. Walczak’s story ended, but he leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Donna J. Walczak, and his grandchildren, Donna M. Walczak, Danny Walczak, and Dustin Williams to continue telling his stories. His story started on March 4, 1946 in Chicago. He went to Thomas Kelly High School where he…

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Obituary of Charles Edward Spear Sr.

Charles Edward Spear, Sr., better known as Charlie, was born August 31, 1941 to William Oscar and Ethel Tennessee Cowsert Spear. Charles departed this life on Friday, June 11, 2021. Charles joined the United States Air Force October of 1960 at the age of 19 and retired from disability on December 8, 1970. During this…

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Velna Faye “Dee” (Ozee) Dobbs

Velna Faye “Dee” Dobbs, 90, of Harrisburg, formerly of Karbers Ridge, died Friday, June 11, 2021 at the Carrier Mills Nursing and Rehab Center in Carrier Mills. Dee was born on March 15, 1931 in Hardin County, Illinois to the late Tim and Myrtle (Potts) Ozee. Dee is survived by four grandchildren, Keely Wright, Nathan…

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Wilma Jean Highfill

  Wilma Jean Highfill, 91, of Rosiclare, IL died Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at Rosiclare Rehab and Health Care Center. She was a member of Community Chapel Church. Survivors include her sisters, Audrey Martin of Eldorado, IL, Louise Paskon of Rosiclare, IL and Shirley Gibula of Lakeland, FL; brother, Bill Stacey of Lakeland, FL and…

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Obituary of Penny Jo Beever

Penny Jo Beever, age 41, of Golconda, IL passed away on May 30, 2021 at her home. Penny was born February 28, 1980 to Elmo and Patricia (Eddleman) Beever in Paducah, KY. She graduated from Brownsville and Pope County Community High School in 2001. Penny was a night owl and liked watching tv, some of…

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Obituary of Max W. Ralph

Max W. Ralph, 83, of Binghamton, NY passed away on Tuesday May, 25, 2021 at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, NY. Max was born on June 19, 1937 in Sparks Hill, IL to Grant and Ethel Ralph. Max is survived by daughter Rebecca (partner Bill Thomas) Ralph of Earlville, NY; son Greg (wife Jennifer) Ralph of…

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Obituary of Gaylord Holbrook

Gaylord Holbrook, 71, passed away on Friday, May 21, 2021 at the VA Medical Center, CLC Hospice Unit in Marion, IL. Bubby, the name he was commonly known by, was born on June 15, 1949 in Rosiclare, IL to the late Adrian and Julia Holbrook. On June 15, 1979 Bubby married Willa Holbrook, whom preceded…

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